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Posted on: October 1st, 2004Sections → Arts
Modernity has created a culture of dispensability. Everything comes in a convenient size and a disposable plastic bottle.
Posted on: September 22nd, 2004Sections → Arts
The best movies, as all good works of art, pepper us with insistent questions.
Posted on: September 15th, 2004Sections → Arts
Amid the rising action in Disney's "The Lion King," Simba - already a dashing mature lion - follows the monkey, Rafiki, through marshland, until arriving at a loch.
Posted on: August 25th, 2004Sections → Arts
Pinpointing modern art's origin yields a confusing situation; leading art history books claim many "fathers" of Modern Art: Gauguin, van Gogh, Whistler's "Portrait of the Artist's Mother" and sometimes Monet's "Impression: Sunrise."
Posted on: August 18th, 2004Sections → Arts
Two highly successful artists, the husband and wife team of Emmanuil and Janet Snitkovsky, are currently exhibiting a selection of eight large Judaic paintings at the Chassidic Art Institute in Crown Heights.
Posted on: August 4th, 2004Sections → Arts
Artists have a way of calling attention to the things we really need to see.
Posted on: July 28th, 2004Sections → Arts
There is Hassidic story about a young boy who attended Yom Kippur services at his local synagogue, and yet could not participate in the High Holiday service because he was illiterate.
Posted on: July 21st, 2004Sections → Arts
The sacred is that which is removed, eternal and ultimately untouchable, something we must always have in our lives and yet can never possess.
Posted on: July 14th, 2004Sections → Arts
Artists have a way of calling attention to the things we really need to see. Their sensitivity and funny way of thinking shake us up, and demand that we take notice.
Posted on: June 9th, 2004Sections → Arts
One hundred years after David Pinski's (1872-1959) "Di Familye Tzvi" was written, the scathing examination of the Jewish world that the play depicts is neither dated nor out of touch with contemporary Jewish life.
Posted on: June 2nd, 2004Sections → Arts
"Are you Alfred Nossig?" the waiter asked the middle-aged man at the table.
Posted on: May 19th, 2004Sections → Arts
The Jewish Museum has a story to tell in "My America: Art From The Jewish Museum Collection, 1900-1955."
Posted on: May 12th, 2004Sections → Arts
Pascal Croci's graphic novel, Auschwitz, begins with a question to a witness from Auschwitz-Birkenau, "How long have you been keeping all this to yourself?"
Posted on: April 28th, 2004Sections → Arts
Had Gadya, the playful, threatening and ultimately reassuring song that ends many Seder evenings among Ashkenazi Jews, has a long history in the Haggada.
Posted on: April 21st, 2004Sections → Arts
The foundations of a Jewish life may be discerned in three outstanding works of Jewish art that I had the pleasure to preview for the Kestenbaum auction scheduled for March 30, 2004.
Posted on: April 14th, 2004Sections → Arts
We all attempt to reap sustenance from the past. Our collective heritage acts as a foundation of cultural values necessary for us to build into the future.
Posted on: April 7th, 2004Sections → Arts
Jewish Art has always been burdened by Jewish history.
Posted on: March 31st, 2004Sections → Arts
Remember. The commandment to remember reverberates throughout the Torah, starting with the Exodus from Egypt, continuing to Receiving the Torah and finally climaxing in the weekly remembrance of the Sabbath itself. Embedded in the six remembrances is the commandment to, "remember what Amalek did to you on the way" (Devarim 25:17).
Posted on: March 24th, 2004Sections → Arts
Authority, as the Gemara in Sanhedrin says, makes the world go round.
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